Todd M. Mealy


Welcome to, the online home of history author, Todd M. Mealy! Todd is the author of This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin and Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover (2017), Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (2014), Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900, Vols. I and II (2010), and Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Activists, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Operatives in Harrisburg, Pa (2007). In addition to writing the text for two Dauphin County Historical Markers in Harrisburg, PA, Todd has published in Pennsylvania Heritage and American Heritage. He coauthored From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg (2015).

In 2016, Todd had two articles published in Pennsylvania Heritage. One was about the 19th-century trials that led to the end of legal segregation in Pennsylvania's public schools. A second article featured Wm. Glenn Killinger, an All-American football player at Penn State who reached the pinnacle of his career following World War I

Todd's forthcoming work includes a book about Penn State football during World War I (McFarland Publishing, Winter/Spring 2018) and an article in the Pennsylvania Heritage that examines Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne's role as an abolitionist and Liberty Party organizer (Fall 2017). 

Todd was born in Bradford in 1979, grew up in Harrisburg, and currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Melissa, son, Carter, and daughter, Adeline. After his undergrad experience, he spent many summers traveling to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has coached high school football for eighteen years. His experiences helped to shape his focus on issues related to social justice, race theory, political history, and sports history. 

Todd attained a Master's degree in American Studies from Penn State University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the John S. Patterson Award for academic and creative achievement. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Penn State University-Harrisburg. 

Feel free to write to Todd directly at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter: @ToddMealy and Facebook: ToddMealy

Books by Todd M. Mealy